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Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Michigan Road is one of the oldest roads in Indiana, built in the early 1800's to connect Madison, Indiana with Michigan City. When the Indiana State Government moved from Corydon, Indiana to Indianapolis, the legislators and governor found themselves in isolation. There were no good roads leading to the new capital city and the White River was not navigable. They sought to rectify this by passing legislation to build the first "superhighway" in the State of Indiana. To accomplish their goal, they needed to negotiate a treaty with the Pottawattamie Indian Tribe and clear a vast swath of trees the length of the state.
Excerpted from the author's book:
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition